Meaning of CAPTAIN in English


/ ˈkæptɪn; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


the person in charge of a ship or commercial aircraft :

Captain Cook

The captain gave the order to abandon ship.


an officer of fairly high rank in the navy, the army and the US air force :

Captain Lance Price

—see also group captain


the leader of a group of people, especially a sports team :

She was captain of the hockey team at school.


an officer of high rank in a US police or fire department

■ verb

[ vn ] to be a captain of a sports team or a ship



late Middle English (in the general sense chief or leader ): from Old French capitain (superseding earlier chevetaigne chieftain), from late Latin capitaneus chief, from Latin caput , capit- head.

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